Alloa Athletic 0
Dundee Utd 0
League (Championship)

Alloa Athletic 

0 - 0

Dundee Utd

League (Championship)
Friday, February 14th, 2020
Recreation Park. Att. 1,442
7:05 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Peter Grant Robbie Neilson

Starting Eleven
51. Kieran Wright
18. Blair Malcolm
22. Ben Stirling
4. Robbie Deas
3. Liam Dick
2. Scott Taggart
6. Steven Hetherington
11. Iain Flannigan
7. Kevin Cawley
17. Kevin O'Hara
19. Robert Thomson
Benji Siegrist .1
Mark Connolly .5
Jamie Robson .17
Liam Smith .2
Paul Watson .44
Calum Butcher .18
Ian Harkes .23
Peter Pawlett .8
Dillon Powers .4
Lawrence Shankland .24
Rakish Bingham .14

9. Liam Buchanan
10. Alan Trouten
15. Lee Connelly
16. Nathan Gilhooley
20. Cameron O'Donnell
21. Andrew Wilson
Deniz Mehmet .13
Kieran Freeman .22
Mark Reynolds .6
Adrián Sporle .3
Declan Glass .21
Lewis Neilson .43
Louis Appéré .27

Lee Connelly for Blair Malcolm (68)
Alan Trouten for Robert Thomson (77)
Adrián Sporle for Ian Harkes (78)

Ben Stirling (50) Calum Butcher (42)
Jamie Robson (49)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)

Match Report

Following the defeat to Arbroath two weeks ago, Head Coach Robbie Neilson made three changes. Paul Watson returned in place of Mark Reynolds in central defence, while Ian Harkes took over from Adrián Spörle in midfield and new signing Rakish Bingham made his debut up front taking over from the injured Osman Sow. Reynolds and Spörle were on the bench along with four Academy Graduates - Declan Glass, Kieran Freeman, Lewis Neilson and Archie Meekison, a last minute call up after Louis Appéré was injured in the warm-up.

Starting purposefully, United immediately had an attempt on goal with Lawrence Shankland spooning a shot over the bar from a Jamie Robson cross. Maintaining the momentum, Shankland had shot blocked after six minutes. The Wasps first foray upfield a couple of minutes late saw Kevin O’Hara send a tame header straight at Benji Siegrist, and the United stopper was called into action again but Kevin Cawley’s shot from the edge of the box was straight at him. On 16 minutes Shankland headed over a Pawlett free-kick as United continued to make most of the running. Midway through the half, United forced their first corner which sparked a spell of sustained pressure but no openings. On 31 minutes, Pawlett had United’s first shot on target but it was easily smothered by goalkeeper Wright. Then a minute later, Ian Harkes turned a dangerous low cross over the bar while under pressure. Skipper Calum Butcher then fired just wide at the other end, but immediately, Alloa threatened at the other end with Robbie Deas header being deflected for a corner. Butcher was booked for a tackle on Iain Flannigan and shortly after Neilson was similarly censured. United finished the half with a bit of a flurry up top putting the Wasps defence under pressure after home keeper Wright flapped at a cross, but as the half time whistle blew, United still couldn’t make their great share of possession count.

The Terrors started the second half with renewed vigour and within two minutes had two shots on target, first was from Bingham and then Shankland. Both were on target and spilled by Wright who was able to collect at the second attempt. Robson became the second United player to be booked and a minute later, Ben Stirling was cautioned for a foul on Pawlett. Despite being much more direct chance were proving elusive. On 61 minutes Mark Connolly was on the end of a Pawlett corner from the left but his header went inches over. However, Alloa still posed a threat as demonstrated by Siegrist keeping out Stirling’s header from a Flannigan corner with his feet two minutes later. There was pressure aplenty in the closing stages but all to no avail with Shankland firing over in the stoppage time, the last throw of the dice.

Written by DUFC Official

Squad Statistics (as at February 14th, 2020)

2019-20 All Time
Benji Siegrist (GK)28 29 - 67 -
Mark Connolly28 181331
Jamie Robson22 26 - 1222
Liam Smith23 30 - 30 -
Paul Watson29 191485
Calum Butcher28 273735
Ian Harkes24 272473
Peter Pawlett29 161333
Dillon Powers29 6 - 6 -
Lawrence Shankland24 29272927
Rakish Bingham26 1 - 1 -
Adrián Sporle (sub)24 153153

Team Sheet (Scanned Photo)

League Table (as at February 14th, 2020)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. DUNDEE UTD 24 17 3 4 +31 54
2. Inverness CT 22 11 3 8 +6 36
3. Ayr Utd 22 11 2 9 +4 35
4. Dundee 23 9 6 8 -2 33
5. Dunfermline 23 9 4 10 +4 31
6. Arbroath 23 9 4 10 -4 31
7. Morton 23 8 4 11 -11 28
8. QOS 22 7 5 10 -3 26
9. Alloa Athletic 24 6 8 10 -10 26
10. Partick Th 24 6 5 13 -15 23

League results since United's last match
8th February 2020
Dundee2-0Partick Th
14th February 2020
Alloa Athletic0-0Dundee Utd